The Brooklyn Nets is an American pro basketball team that plays for the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association. The team is based in the Barclays Center in the New York borough of Brooklyn. This is one of two teams based in New York, the other being the New York Knicks.
The Brooklyn Nets was originally founded as a charter franchise of the American Basketball Association – the NBA’s rival league in 1967. The Nets were originally based in New Jersey as the New Jersey Americans during their first year in the league. In 1968, they relocated to Long Island, New York and became the New York Nets – winning two ABA championships during this period. However, during the merger of the ABA and NBA, the Nets became a part of the NBA league as we know it now.
The Nets returned to New Jersey as the New Jersey Nets and remained this way until 2012, where they managed to reach the NBA finals in two consecutive seasons (2001-02 and 2002-03) but lost both. It wasn’t until the summer of 2012 that the team relocated to Brookyln’s Barclay’s Center and since then they have made six playoff appearances as well as making it to two Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Overall, the team has won two ABA Championship finals in 1974 and 1976 (but no NBA Championships). They have won 2 Conference titles and 5 Division titles – once in the ABA and 4 times in the NBA.
During one game, Jason Kidd deliberately spilt a drink in order to get a time out. Although many found this highly amusing, the league considered it cheating and punished him for doing so.
Brooklyn Nets 2021 NBA Draft Picks
On Thursday night’s 2021 NBA draft, the Brooklyn Nets selected Cam Thomas from LSU with the first round 27th pick.
The team suffered a great deal with injuries last season with Kyrie Irving and Harden having a tough time. Kevin Durant did his best but they couldn’t match the Milwaukee Bucks. However, with Durant still on the team – and arguably one of the best players in the league, if all goes well they could be contenders in the new season. The team’s Big 3 are proving costly and giving them little room to maneuver – and with hopes high for the squad, they will certainly hope that their draft picks help them to lift the NBA title this season
Firstly, they chose Cameron Thomas – a proven scorer and in his freshman year with the LSU averaged 23 PPG – so he has lots to offer an already very talented Nets squad. He was the leading scorer in 20 of the Tigers 29 games last season – and his game against Texas A&M was impressive with his 32 points score. With this in mind, he may well make a good case for being in the starting lineup with the Big 3 who are all returning for the 2021-22 season.
The Nets also bagged Day’Ron Sharpe who will also get some playing time and win some decent points with the Big 3. His defense is in need of brushing up nut he will certainly be a solid addition to the Nets. They also ended up with three second-round picks to add some extra depth to their bench in the new season
To date, this is how the new drafts are performing in the 2021-22 season:
Totals Shooting Per Game Advanced
Year LG Player Mins Played 3 point % Mins Played Win Shares
2021 NBA Cameron Thomas 4 0 4 -0.1
2021 NBA Kessler Edwards 0 0 0 0
2021 NBA Marcus Zegarowski 0 0 0 0
2021 NBA RaiQuan Gray 0 0 0 0
Brooklyn Nets 2021 NBA Draft
- First-round draft pick 27: Cameron Thomas from LSU
- First-round draft pick 29 (via PHX): Day’Ron Sharpe from UNC
- Second-round draft pick 44: Kessler Edwards from Pepperdine
- Second-round draft pick 49: Marcus Zegarowski from Creighton
- Second-round draft pick 59: RaiQuan Gray from Florida State
Moving Forward as a Team
So, will the Nets be the ones to beat in the new season? Can Steve Nash take the squad all the way? Some say yes but there are still some issues the Nets needs to deal with – the biggest one is whether its star players can stay fit. The big three all play better when they play together. There are question marks over Irving – and the point guard seems distracted – and this is a distraction for the whole team.
However, aside from that, the Brooklyn Nets have much to boast about – and look stronger than when they lost to the Bucks in the Conference semi-finals. However, they are one of the older teams, with eight players being over thirty. That’s not to say the older players are showing signs of weakness yet. So, if the Big 3 remain healthy and focused – and with the new additions from the 2021 NBA draft pick, they certainly are a squad that will be on the radar this season.
Current Brookly Nets Players Under Contract
- Kevin Durant
- James Harden
- Kevin Durant
- Kyrie Irving
- Joe Harris
- Patrick Mills
- Jevon Carter
- Cameron Thomas
- Day’Ron Sharpe
- Bruce Brown Jr.
- Nicolas Claxton
- LaMarcus Aldridge
- Paul Millsap
- James Johnson
- Blake Griffin
- DeAndre’ Bembry
- Kessler Edwards
- David Duke Jr.
Current Brooklyn Nets Free Agents
- Bruce Brown (restricted)
- Chris Chiozza
- Spencer Dinwiddie
- Jeff Green
- Blake Griffin
- Mike James
- Tyler Johnson
- Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
- Reggie Perry (restricted)
Previous Brooklyn Nets Draft Selections Since 2000
Year Round Pick Player Pos Age Pre-Draft Team
2020 1 19 Saddiq Bey F 21 Villanova
2020 2 55 Jayden Scrubb SG 20 John A Logan
2019 1 17 N.Alexander Walker SG 21 Virginia Tech
2019 1 27 Mfiondu Kabengele SF 21 Florida State
2019 2 31 Nicolas Claxton C 20 Georgia
2018 1 29 Dzanan Musa SG 19 Cedevita (Croatia)
2018 2 40 Rodions Kurucs SF 20 Barca (Spain)
2018 2 45 Hamidu Diallo SG 19 Kentucky
2017 1 22 Jarrett Allen C 19 Texas
2017 1 27 Kyle Kuzma F 21 Utah
2017 2 57 Sasha Vezenkov PF 21 FC Barcelona II (Spain)
2016 2 55 Marcus Paige G 22 North Carolina
2015 1 29 Chris McCullough PF 20 Syracuse
2015 2 41 Pat Connaughton SF 22 Notre Dame
2013 1 22 Mason Plumlee PF 23 Duke
2012 2 57 Ilkan Karaman F 22 Pinar Karsiyaka (Turkey)
2011 1 27 JaJuan Johnson FC 22 Purdue
2011 2 36 Jordan Williams PF 20 Maryland
2010 1 3 Derrick Favors FC 18 Georgia Tech
2010 1 27 Jordan Crawford G 21 Xavier
2010 2 31 Tiboe Pleiss C 20 Brose Baskets Bamberg (Ger)
2009 1 11 Terence Williams GF 21 Louisville
2008 1 10 Brook Lopez C 20 Stanford
2008 1 21 Ryan Anderson PF 20 California
2008 2 40 C. Douglas Roberts SF 21 Memphis
2007 1 17 Sean Williams C 20 Boston College
2006 1 22 Marcus D Williams G 20 Connecticut
2006 1 23 Josh Boone C 21 Connecticut
2006 2 54 Hassan Adams G 22 Arizona
2005 1 15 Antoine Wright GF 21 Texas A&M
2005 2 43 Mile Ilic C 21 KK FMP (Serbia)
2004 1 22 Viktor Khryapa PF 21 CSKA Moscow (Russia)
2004 2 51 Christian Drerjer F 21 Barca (Spain)
2003 1 22 Zoran Planinic GF 20 Khimki (Russia)
2003 2 51 Kyle Korver SF 22 Creighton
2002 1 24 Nenad Krstic C 18 KK Partizan
2002 2 53 Tamar Slay GF 22 Marshall
2001 1 7 Eddie Griffin F 19 Seton Hall
2001 2 34 Brian Scalabrine PF 23 USC
2000 1 1 Kenyon Martin F 22 Cincinnati
2000 2 36 Soumaila Samake C 22 Cincinnati Stuff (US)
Brooklyn Nets Draft Picks FAQs
Who Did DeAndre Jordan Move to?
Although there were plenty of Nets fans looking to get three years from Jordan, this was not to be. After spending two years with the Nets he signed for the LA Lakers for the upcoming season.